Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Shhhhh! Double secret project..."The Good Earth" Quilt

There are a lot of words that describe me as a quilter, but the most prominent one in my mind at the moment is schizophrenic.  I've always worked on multiple projects at the same time by choice, but it seems like that has become a necessity lately.

As my husband and I continue to celebrate our 20th anniversary this fall, my father and step-mother prepare to celebrate their 40th anniversary in December.  I find there's a certain mathematical beauty to the symmetry of these events.

"THE GOOD EARTH" is an original quilt that I am planning to celebrate their anniversary.  I had hoped to finish it before December, but now I am just hoping to finish the appliqued large center square of the quilt to give them to mark the occasion.

This flower cart will be in the lower right of the medallion area.  My Mom loves flowers and loves beautifying their little corner of Alabama by planting and nurturing many varieties of flowers and trees.  

The fabrics I picked for the two flower pots will require a little defining outline embroidery after I finish the hand stitching and block soaking to remove the glues...the color is too similar to the fabric I picked for the bed of the cart...oh pooh!

I was inspired by the Phebe quilt as I started to plan my project. 

Phebe Warner's quilt, made by her aunt Sarah Furman Warner Williams, in 1803

A modern interpretation of Phebe's quilt, designed and made by Di Ford.
I am trying to include as many elements as possible in the quilt that define my parents life together, their love of the earth, and their philosophy of maintaining wide, open, undeveloped land for future generations.

The central square will be 30-32 inches square, so I am prepping the applique elements in units before I decide on the final placement.  That is one thing I really like about the applique method I use...the ease and freedom of moving things around until I get the exact placement I want.

I am hoping that my parents are too busy to monitor my blog this month as I begin to share this project with you, so shhhhh...don't spill the beans! 

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)


  1. Look at how tiny some of those pieces are!! But this is so inspiring.

  2. They will love it when you get it done. Lovely work. Chris

  3. Lovely flowering cart, Teresa--you go girl! What a cherished quilt this will be! Hugs, Julierose

  4. I'm looking forward to seeing how your project turns out! It intrigues me that Phebe is your inspiration.

  5. Another beauty. I will be following your progress with great interest!

  6. All I can saw is i am in awe of your work! Lovely can't wait to see it finished.

  7. OH my... this is another huge creative undertaking! What is in the water you drink over there??? Amazing!

  8. Teresa good bless your talent. Will this be a pattern you will offer in your store?

  9. Oh my! An detailed center and looking oh so good. Your artistic talents are to be admired.

  10. Oh Teresa the blocks are beautiful. You are so prolific and your stitching is gorgeous.
    Hope the quilt stays a surprise.

  11. I just LOVE this quilt pattern! You are soooo talented. I have avoided taking up applique - but you inspire me to try - you have such precision - I will have to enlarge your blocks/patterns tho. The wheel on the wheelbarrow needs to be put between the supports tho. Right now it is broken. I SOOOO LOVE THIS QUILT! The chicken in the tree is adorable - could it be changed to a guiny hen? Those birds to roost in trees & my friend has a little flock of them - this would be a great quilt for her.


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